EPA adds sites to Superfund National Priorities List

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added seven sites to the Superfund National Priorities List on August 3 and proposed four more sites to the list.

Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, EPA is required to annually revise the list of sites that have known or threatened releases of hazardous substances or contaminants. The EPA investigates the nature and extent of public health and environmental risks and what remediation may be appropriate.

Effective September 5, 2017, the following seven sites will be added to the list:

  • Post and Lumber Preserving Co. Inc., Quincy, Florida
  • Microfab Inc. (former), Amesbury, Massachusetts
  • Old Highway 275 and North 288th Street, Valley, Nebraska
  • Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Hoosick Falls, New York 
  • The Battery Recycling Company, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • Former Custom Cleaners, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Highway 18 groundwater plume, Kermit, Texas.

In addition, the following sites are proposed and are out for public comment until October 2, 2017: Newark South groundwater plume, Newark, Delaware; American Creosote DeRidder, DeRidder, Louisiana; Mississippi Phosphates Corp., Pascagoula, Mississippi; and Eagle Industries, Midwest City, Oklahoma.

Most of the sites added or proposed have soil and groundwater contamination needing remedial attention, which could lead to work for NGWA members.

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